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Libraries in the Future. Presented by Joan Frye Williams joan@jfwilliams.com 2009 CALTAC Workshop. Times are tough. But we can’t just hunker down. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Alan Kay. +. Time is scarce. Netflix-style circulation. Automatic book dispensers.

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Libraries in the Future

Presented by Joan Frye Williams

joan@jfwilliams.com

2009 CALTAC Workshop


Times are tough


But we can’t just hunker down


“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Alan Kay


+


Time is scarce


Netflix-style circulation


Automatic book dispensers


Information is everywhere


Engines, not OPACs


Demand-based resource allocation


Coaching with online forms

Strategic Direction 4: From frill to necessity


You carry your activities with you


Recombinant resources

  • Mainstream data formats

  • Easy import/export/snip

  • Toolbars, gadgets, widgets, APIs


Portable e-readers


Mobile services


Collaboration can make you smarter


Connected readers


Virtual outreach


Learning and play are two sides of the same coin


Gaming at the library


Planning, decision-making, and communication take place in real time


Activities buzz

Live circulation activity

e.g. Yorba Linda book feed

Instant online help

e.g. Topeka Meebo popup

Live program excerpts


Online fundraising


Innovation is everyone‘s job


User-contributed tags (headings)


The idea laboratory

A place to TRY new things:

  • Book art studio

  • Media production facility

  • New technology showcase

  • Small business incubator


We only get one Earth, so we’d better take good care of it


Green buildings and practices


Being strategic about all of this:“Futureproofing” moves


From exception to mainstream


Less gate-keeping, more convenience


From altruism to return on investment


Less perfectionism, more efficiency


From a focus on the past to a focus on the future


Less caution, more flexibility


From frill to necessity


Less reticence, more urgency


From information to transformation


Less anonymity, more humanity


Public library roles for tomorrow and beyond…

  • Entry point

  • Promoter and advocate

  • Convener

  • Partner/collaborator/facilitator

  • Communicator

  • Good example

  • Laboratory

  • Economic engine


Show the passion!


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